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    Using either the manual or automated way, I keep getting "Invalid Key" Seems as though something is retaining the old key.

    I've run the Serial Key Changer program and Viewer. When I change this registry key......
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\wpaevents
    ....after editing it & trying to change the key, it later reverts back to the original bad key.

    If I run the key changing under one user then log off & onto another, that registry entry (above) still appears as though nothing changed.<grrrr>

    Yes, I'm doing all this as 'Administrator'.

    It seems like something is maintaining the old bad key & won't let any new ones 'take'.

    This is WinXP Pro, corp edition.

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    Go to this site and follow the instructions:


    http://www.govital.net/~soz/changekey.htm

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    you need to reboot after changing the key to make it work.


    cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gi4dtv
    Go to this site and follow the instructions:


    http://www.govital.net/~soz/changekey.htm
    Good site but it does NOT address the core problem I clearly stated......that of any new key was not 'taking'. It kept reverting back to the bad key, no matter what I did.

    But I FINALLY got it to 'take'. Cure to be posted as a reply to myself.

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by davek
    you need to reboot after changing the key to make it work.


    cheers.
    You didn't read my message if that's your best reply.

    See my reply to myself for how I finally fixed this problem.

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by a1pcfixer
    Using either the manual or automated way, I keep getting "Invalid Key" Seems as though something is retaining the old key.

    I've run the Serial Key Changer program and Viewer. When I change this registry key......
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\wpaevents
    ....after editing it & trying to change the key, it later reverts back to the original bad key.

    If I run the key changing under one user then log off & onto another, that registry entry (above) still appears as though nothing changed.<grrrr>

    Yes, I'm doing all this as 'Administrator'.

    It seems like something is maintaining the old bad key & won't let any new ones 'take'.

    This is WinXP Pro, corp edition.
    Instead of posting my 'final cure' to all who responded, I'll post to my original message.

    The fix.....

    ================================================== ====

    For REALLY stubborn situations where the registry tweak refuses to 'take',
    proceed as follows.......

    I ended up using a tool called TweakXP Pro(tweakxp-setup.exe)
    http://www.totalidea.de/frameset-tweakxp.htm to do the following.....

    Step 1:
    Using TweakXP, open the program and go to “System and File Tweaks”, then
    “Windows Tweaks”, and then “Miscellaneous Tweaks”. You should see a box there
    where you are able to edit your serial used for Windows. I decided to make up
    a serial (based on the corporate serial but adding some 666’s) and see if it
    worked. Well, I put in “66274-666-0000666-63486” and hit “Save User Data”.

    Step 2:
    http://www.tweaktown.com/document.ph...50&dPage=1

    (another tool is xp_cd_key_changer.zip available at
    http://msbetas.net/files/xp_cd_key_changer.zip)

    (or manually edit this registry key......
    Click Start > Run > and type in Regedit
    Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows
    NT\CurrentVersion\wpaevents

    Double-click OOBETimer
    Remove the 'ca' part from the value. (Changing or deleting any of the binary
    values will accomplish the same effect)
    Click OK and close regedit
    Click Start > Run and type in: "%systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a"
    Choose the 2nd option (phone activation)
    Click Change Product Key (at the bottom)
    Enter your valid Corporate Product Key
    Press Update and close the window
    Restart your computer
    Verify the change

    After the workstation restarts, click Start > Run
    Type in: "%systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a"
    Make sure the dialog box says 'your copy of windows is already activated'

    Now install Service Pack 1

    ================================================== ====

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    Quote Originally Posted by a1pcfixer
    Instead of posting my 'final cure' to all who responded, I'll post to my original message.

    The fix.....

    ================================================== ====

    For REALLY stubborn situations where the registry tweak refuses to 'take',
    proceed as follows.......

    I ended up using a tool called TweakXP Pro(tweakxp-setup.exe)
    http://www.totalidea.de/frameset-tweakxp.htm to do the following.....

    Step 1:
    Using TweakXP, open the program and go to “System and File Tweaks”, then
    “Windows Tweaks”, and then “Miscellaneous Tweaks”. You should see a box there
    where you are able to edit your serial used for Windows. I decided to make up
    a serial (based on the corporate serial but adding some 666’s) and see if it
    worked. Well, I put in “66274-666-0000666-63486” and hit “Save User Data”.

    Step 2:
    http://www.tweaktown.com/document.ph...Id=350&dPage=1

    (another tool is xp_cd_key_changer.zip available at
    http://msbetas.net/files/xp_cd_key_changer.zip)

    (or manually edit this registry key......
    Click Start > Run > and type in Regedit
    Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows
    NT\CurrentVersion\wpaevents

    Double-click OOBETimer
    Remove the 'ca' part from the value. (Changing or deleting any of the binary
    values will accomplish the same effect)
    Click OK and close regedit
    Click Start > Run and type in: "%systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a"
    Choose the 2nd option (phone activation)
    Click Change Product Key (at the bottom)
    Enter your valid Corporate Product Key
    Press Update and close the window
    Restart your computer
    Verify the change

    After the workstation restarts, click Start > Run
    Type in: "%systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a"
    Make sure the dialog box says 'your copy of windows is already activated'

    Now install Service Pack 1

    ================================================== ====



    i can update to SP1 with no problem at all but im having problems activating it..... ive tryed all what you did but i still cant activate it

    im using Windows XP Pro Final.

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